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Can't Delete a Folder in Server 2008 R2

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I have a folder on my server (C:\users\XYZ\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows) that shows as over 150 GB in properties. I have deleted the original user and renamed the user files so that I can work this at my leisure -- except that I'm low on disk space.

I have tried deleting all the visible and hidden directories and items under the folder, but it still shows the same huge size under properties. I've tried rmdir xyz /s from the Users directory but it just runs and runs, using from zero to 3% of cpu without deleting. I've tried right-click -> delete but it just runs and runs without deleting (or even saying too big for recycle bin).

I note that the folder has a read only attribute; i tried clearing read only and apply but stopped it when I saw there were 11 hours to go, suspecting i could create other problems.

My next step would be chkdsk /r overnight although i'm a little wary of running it remote, as i am.

For typical users the corresponding file is under a gig.

What do you think?
Michael Dyer
Senior Enterprise Support Engineer

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